Fun with the LEGO Ideas Old Fishing Store

by admin on December 14, 2017

in Featured Creations

The charming #21310 LEGO Ideas Old Fishing Store is definitely one of the best and most memorable sets released in 2017. Originally designed by LEGO fan Robert Bontenbal, it quickly achieved 10k public votes, and was chosen by the LEGO Ideas team to become an official LEGO set. We have discussed the set several times already (see: LEGO Ideas Old Fishing Store Interview & Review and links at the end of this post), however since it continues to inspire LEGO fans in surprising ways, I thought to share with you some interesting projects. 🙂

The LEGO Ideas Old Fishing Store is not just an engaging LEGO set to build, but it also looks beautiful on display. In fact, the set is so picturesque, that it attracts not just LEGO fans, but photographers as well. Recently the toy photography website,, hosted a contest titled Where is Anton? The contest was all about taking the most creative photos of Anton, the friendly fisherman from the set. The contest drew hundreds of entries that were posted on various social-media platforms. is a little hard to navigate, but you can read about the contest here and see some of the best entries (along with the contest winners) here. The entries pictured below are by Stefan K., The APhOL, and fourbrickstall.

And of course, the LEGO Ideas Old Fishing Store also inspires LEGO fans to modify the set to match their layouts. Take a look at this townhouse version of the Old Fishing Store to fit with the LEGO Modular Buildings by EuroBricks member koalayummies.

I also really like the houseboat and small shack built as alternate models for the LEGO Ideas Old Fishing Store by mother and son team for this article at one of my favorite LEGO blogs, New Elementary.

LEGO fan EROL modified the LEGO Ideas Old Fishing Store to fit with this peaceful beach scene that includes a gorgeous yacht and some other great details (more pictures here).

It is also worth noting that the LEGO Ideas Old Fishing Store is not the only project by Robert Bontenbal that achieved 10k public votes on LEGO Ideas. He also has a Boat Repair Shop, a Boat House Diner, a Dive Shop, and a Lighthouse – all built in the same style as the Old Fishing Store (you can see all of them in detail here). Many people hope that LEGO will approve these projects and release them as a series.

The #21310 LEGO Ideas Old Fishing Store provides a great building experience for young and old LEGO fans alike, it looks beautiful on display, it can be modified in many different ways, and it is also an excellent source of useful parts in great colors. If you don’t have it already, you can find it under the the LEGO Ideas section of the Online LEGO Shop.

What do you think? How do you like the LEGO Ideas Old Fishing Store? Do you have it already? Or are you planning to get it? If you do have it, how do you display the set, and have you done any modifications? Feel free to share in the comment section below! 😉

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Legostuff71 December 14, 2017 at 11:40 AM

I have this set and just love it . The details are so great that it’s almost had to believe its a Lego set . The build was very simple and as I said the inside / outside details of The Fishing Shop are amazing, that I almost feel like I’m really in a fishing shop.

brickmaster December 14, 2017 at 12:24 PM

I agree that this is one of the best sets of the year, and it may even make it as one of the all-time best sets list. The design is very nice, and the parts lists is outstanding. The modular and the houseboat looks great!

jabber-baby-wocky December 14, 2017 at 1:25 PM

Very nice photos, although that website could have been organized better. You have to scroll through hundreds of comments to find links to the entries. Maybe they should make a gallery on one of the free picture hosting sites.

Tony December 14, 2017 at 4:41 PM

The modular fishing store is awesome! I might try that variation.

Håkan December 14, 2017 at 5:02 PM

It barely makes any sense, though. Like an old building was left from earlier demolitions and later, they were building new houses around it.

Maybe that’s part of the appeal, though.

admin December 14, 2017 at 9:24 PM

It happens in real life all the time. In fact, my own town is going through this right now. Some people just refuse to sell their old house, so new houses and apartment complexes are going up all around them. This, of course, makes property values go up and their piece of land becoming even more desirable. Or, it could also happen that developers become tired of waiting, and they just become interested in another area of town. It’s kind of like a chess game. 😀

admin December 14, 2017 at 9:25 PM

Yeah, I didn’t like that either. Particularly on a website that’s about toy photography.

admin December 14, 2017 at 9:26 PM

Yes, both the outside and inside look very authentic. We have fishing shops just like it near the beach and rivers and lakes.

Laurie December 15, 2017 at 8:34 AM

Is there a way to get theses Alternate Build instructions. Or no not really, if so I would hop on board with this set.. The Ninjago Destiny Bounty needs a great dock.. and this looks AWESOME…

admin December 15, 2017 at 1:32 PM

Oh! That’s a great idea to mix the two sets! 😀

As far as instructions, most people don’t bother with them. But you can contact the creators to see if they happen to have an LDD file.

Håkan December 15, 2017 at 7:40 PM

Maybe it’s just here in Stockholm where building is more strictly regulated, and there even exists a “Beauty Council” in order that all housing plans need to be vetted and evaluated in order to conform to previous houses in the area…

rainey December 16, 2017 at 12:08 AM

When I first moved out to LA, Malibu was like that too. Completely decrepit fishing shacks next to 8-figure townhouses all up and down Pacific Coast Highway.

No longer though. I would imagine all the grandchildren of the owners/builders of the fishing shacks have all retired to Maui on their real estate jackpots now.

rainey December 16, 2017 at 12:10 AM

PS STILL hoping Lego will build RobenAnne’s whole fishing village. Then he can retire to Maui too.

admin December 16, 2017 at 1:56 PM

Yes, older European cities are stricter when it comes to matching architecture. We also have that here in older cities, but not newer ones. In my town, they finally passed a regulation that you can’t paint commercial buildings all kinds of outrageous day-glow colors. Businesses where trying to up each other by painting their stores with the most crazy colors and color-combinations. 🙄

admin December 16, 2017 at 2:01 PM

In Florida the Miami area has been pretty much rebuilt with new houses during the boom, but where I am the beaches are still pretty much pristine with lots of old little shacks. I love it. New development start to happen every 5-10 years or so in the more populated areas, building closer and closer to the beach, but then we get hit by a major hurricane and people get more conservative about beach building. 😀

admin December 16, 2017 at 2:01 PM

Yes, I really hope for that too. The whole series is so nice, and there is clearly interest, because pretty much all of the projects reached 10k votes.

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